Serious bike crashes on the up
Recently released road casualty statistics have shown a sharp spike in the number of serious motorcycle crashes. The daunting news shows there has been a seven percent rise in riders being killed and seriously injured.
The department of transport has said it is concerned about the figures but is unsure of where the rise has come from. The year on year stats show a four percent rise in road deaths (1,750) and a two percent increase in those killed or seriously injured to 24,160 during the year ending March 2014. There were a total of 189,880 causalities of all severities compared to 188,884 for the year ending March 2013. The rise in serious crashes could well be due to the weather variations between the years, early 2013 saw snow and severe weather conditions that may have kept bikers off the road whereas 2014 where the weather was a lot better and more bikers were out, meaning a rise in accidents. There has also been an increase in the number of vehicles on the road which may also have affected it.
Here at MCE we urge every rider to be extra careful when out and about. Take steps to measure the conditions as well as other road users as you never know what's round the corner.
09.09.2014 - MCE Insurance